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Poster: dupree413 Date: Feb 4, 2012 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: July 4, 1989 Show

I was at this show. It was good - but I see that it is one of the most downloaded shows from ANY year. It wasn't THAT good.

Wondering if it was b/c it was selected for the "Road Trip" series?? Am I missing something. Open to thoughts.

Thanks

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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 5, 2012 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

I for one had a GREAT show. It probably had to do with that tiny blue unicorn I ate, but, that was an all time perfect day. It also helps that I live within walking distance. You should have seen the "scene" in the woods east of the stadium lots. It was wild. There had to be 10000 people in about 50 square acres. The estimate was that 125000 showed that day. It seats 80000. I think the sheer number of people has to do with the download numbers too. Agreed it aint no best ever, but it is one of the most relateable(as in it sounds just like I heard it that day) shows you will ever hear imo.

I was on a bus to Parris Island 13 days later. This show carried me through boot camp and then some. The next time I saw Jerry was in Charlotte in '91.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 5, 2012 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

Paris Island in late July and through Labor Day on the griddle! Was that 'luck' or planning as far as the timing?


btw- Thanks!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 6, 2012 5:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

No luck there Micah - Shit, I was 19 and had just come off Spring Tour. I just thought what the hell and went down and signed up in May of '89. The recruiter said "Hows July 17th sound to you?" I said sure and that was that. About six weeks to try to get into shape - one last show and I was outta there.

The humidity in the summer there(PI) rivals anything, anywhere I have ever been. The rot of the swamp coupled with that humidity made it a physical experience unlike any other I can explain. Instant sweat, stinkin ass island, and some dude just screamin in your face.

Ahh the good old days....

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 6, 2012 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

Spring tour. Summer Paris Island B.C.

That's a mighty pendulum swing. Thank God you were 19. I bet that recruiter had a chuckle.

>"Hows July 17th sound to you?"

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Feb 4, 2012 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

Actually,

The Rich Stadium July 4th, 1989 performance was launched on the "Truckin Up To Buffalo" view from the vault DVD.

Rich Stadium is a huge venue, were you standing on the floor or well seated, and properly tuned?

To get this show, you'd need to view the DVD, Garcia was totally on his game, singing from the soul, dancin with enthusiasm, looking so healthy and fit. It's the perfect memory to keep in your mind.

You may not like the song selection, but the performance and audio quality are as a tight as a nuns a$$#@!&.

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Poster: dupree413 Date: Feb 5, 2012 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

I agree that watching the dvd would certainly change one's perception of how interactive the band was that day.

But visually is only one way to digest a show. X factor - to me {again imho} just was not one to make this show the most downloaded show of all time (pretty close, at least).

I guess I was just perplexed that a show (and you are correct with the "Truckin' up to Buffalo" release) that was "good" would be gobbled up by so many.

Not sure who, but someone posted that he/she lived nearby and that the scene was killer in the 'woods'.

I can tell you that I was not on the floor. This was one of the few "big arena" shows I saw. And I had seen the boys up close several times in the early and mid 80's. Did not want to deal with 80k behind me.

To each their own. And I respect that absolutely.

Thanks for the feedback (pun intended!!)

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Feb 4, 2012 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

I've always been surprised by it having so many downloads. I have no clue why that is the case. It is one of the best shows from a relatively hot year. I think 7/4, 7/17 and 7/19 are the best of the year. Theres way too much hype about the return of not that great dark stars later in the year, IMO.

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Poster: utopian Date: Feb 4, 2012 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: July 4, 1989 Show

The spotlighted/recommended shows on the front page get alot of hype:
12-16-78
09-04-79
And some others all get an inordinate amount of attention as well, mostly from their favorable position on the from page.